By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
It was a dark,rainy, overcast watch this morning with a starting temperature of 39 (F) 4 (C)
Just before I left home Dot.Ca (DC) relieved Beauty of incubating duties so when I got downtown I was looking for Beauty. It took me half hour to find her on the east side on one of her favorite hunting spots-HSBC on the southeast corner. I hadn’t seen her there for quite a long time. She flew off a couple minutes after I pulled over on Chestnut St. to observe her heading northeast at 6:42am.
I drove around the city searching for her but came up empty and finally left to check on the Brighton site. I had no better luck there so I returned to downtown. I arrived just before 8am and pulled over on Aqueduct St. by Basin St. in the hole. Suddenly I saw a falcon appear out of nowhere and land on the deck and quickly go to the nest box out of view.
I assumed it was Beauty and waited to see DC come shooting out after a little stand off but then Beauty came barreling in landing on the deck and quickly DC came flying out and went to the Wilder green strip at . Donna let me know that DC had left for a couple minutes and returned and then Beauty came in to take over incubating. Thanks D!
20 minutes later at 8:30am DC showed up on the 2nd ibeam southeast side of OCSR-I went to Graves St. by Aqueduct Park to watch. He had fresh prey and what a feather frenzy as he blended in well with them as they surrounded him in the air and they were stuck on the ibeam from all the rain.
I decided the view would be better over by the Radisson Hotel and Main St. I have to say this was the most feathery preparation of a meal I have ever seen! Someone tweeted that Beauty had a nice full crop when she relieved DC so he could have the whole thing himself. TY whoever that was! DC finally started eating about 8:40am and while I was looking away he left around 8:55am-so he spent as much time preparing as he did eating.
I searched for 20 minutes but was unable to locate the dear boy so I called it a watch at 9:15am. It always makes me smile to know our beloved Rochester Peregrine Falcons have eaten!
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